High speed chase in Albert Lea


ALBERT LEA, Minn.- An Austin man is in custody after police say he led them on a chase in Albert Lea. It happened around 11 PM Tuesday night.

It all started near the intersection of James Ave and E Fourth St. An Albert Lea Police Officer tried to pull over 31-year-old Coniah Horton for a vehicle registration violation.

Officers say that’s when Horton sped off, leading police on a chase that reached speeds up to 60-miles-per hour.

Allegedly, Horton eventually crashed his car into a yard and fled on foot. Authorities set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and a canine unit was brought in to search for him.

“The K9 unit was working and the K9 was requested,” said Lt. Darin Palmer, Albert Lea Police Department. “He came and did a track and they were able to get into an area and then eventually the trooper noticed a door that was open.”

Police say the K9 alerted that someone was inside a garage and they warned them that they were going to let the dog loose inside. They say that’s when Horton surrendered.

Horton is being held on several charges including fleeing a police officer. He was also wanted on a felony warrant out of Olmsted County.

There were no injuries or property damage reported in the incident.

The Albert Lea Police Department, Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol all assisted with the search.


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